Gondola Adventures®, Inc. provides the finest in gondola cruises in Newport Beach (CA), and Irving (TX). Our Newport Beach location has offered gondola cruises since 1993. We are the among the top activities in Newport Beach on TripAdvisor and we have a 5-star rating on Yelp.
Our services, gondolas, and attention to detail are unparalleled.
Many companies claim to have "Venetian" gondolas, but often their gondolas are not actually imported from Venice. The Venetians have been making gondolas for nearly 1000 years, and it is truly an art form. All of Gondola Adventures' rowing gondolas are imported from Venice and are propelled by oar and oarlock ("Remo e' Forcola") in the manner that gondolas are traditionally rowed in Venice, Italy. Additionally, Gondola Adventures has the only operating "wedding gondolas" west of the Mississippi. Wedding gondolas have carved decks and the most ornate decorations. One of our wedding gondolas, the "Lucia," has a canopy cover (available upon request). For more information or to see photos about our rowing gondolas, click on "Photos." There is nothing that quite compares to the real thing.
At the opposite end of the spectrum are our "Neo-Venetian" gondolas; these boats have silent electric motors so the gondoliers steer, rather than row. Some are all black, while others are mahogany and black with inlaid roses and beautiful canopy covers. The elegant and distinctive interiors surround you in comfort. These more contemporary craft have a little more range and can, if requested in advance, travel further (which is nice in a harbor that is six miles long from one end to the other). Almost all of our cruises include a leisurely tour through the canal area at the north end of Newport Harbor – a very romantic and relaxing experience.
Amenities and Specialty Enhancements
We are the only company in Orange County with an ABC license, which not only means that we have very reasonably-priced wine and champagne available for purchase, but also that you can legally bring your own favorite bottle for a corkage fee. All of our beverages are served in glassware -- we do not have plastic cups -- and presented in a silver bucket with ice.
We are also the only company in Orange County licensed to have singing gondoliers. When a singing gondolier is requested and available, you can count on hearing at least one or two "live performances" by your gondolier, and sometimes as many as six or seven songs. How much your gondolier sings will depend on his repertoire as well as how receptive his passengers are to singing (if you are in conversation with your guest or guests, he may not want to interrupt).
Gondola Adventures has other custom features and specialty enhancements that we have pioneered in the industry. The President of our company developed the "Message in a Bottle" in 1993, wherein a custom love-note is silently dropped in the water by your gondolier, and then spotted and retrieved by your guest.
We offer an array of specialty items, such as rose petals scattered on the gondola, custom chocolates, and even a foot-long solid chocolate gondola!
We are the only company in the United States to offer heated electric blankets (available upon request).
In 2012, we introduced our Student Photography program, which affords you the opportunity to have a very reasonably-priced student photographer act as your own personal paparazzi during your cruise. The high school and college photographers respect your personal time but are also able to capture some of those "perfect moments" that happen aboard every cruise. In fact, many of the photos you see on this website were taken by our student photographers!